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Thursday, November 30, 2006
danger, irresistible cuteness
This is a little something I whipped up on Warning Label Generator. Seriously though, we are hardwired to respond to the tiny rounded fluffy babytude of, well, babies, and infants of other species. So why do we still think of our pets as babies when they are all grown up?
Neoteny, that's why.
Neoteny is the retention in an adult organism of the features of infancy: the roundness, small chin big eyes, dependency, and small limbs of the typical baby. Here's the Wikipedia entry on neoteny. Don't you think Chihuahuas are the perfect neoteny-type dog? And so portable. Not that I have one, but the attraction is logical.